Kahala Mall has partnered with Fashion With a Cause to host a fundraiser Saturday for the Elissa Josephsohn Spirit Fund inspired by the film "Eat Pray Love."
The event, "Eat Play Shop," celebrates the film’s message of living life to the fullest, which the jovial publicist brought to her life and work. Josephsohn died last August at 60 of primary peritoneal cancer.
"She infused energy and enthusiasm into all of her projects and thoroughly enjoyed her job," said Kelly Kauinana, who, as Kahala Mall’s marketing manager, worked with Josephsohn on many of her entertainment projects.
"We miss working with her," she said.
The event at Consolidated’s Kahala Theatres combines Josephsohn’s passions for food and film, beginning with coffee, gelato, wine, chocolates and a dessert bar at 12:30 p.m., accompanied by music by Emi Hart and dance by Willow Chang, followed by the film’s screening at 1:45 p.m. Participants also will receive a "passport" to fashion and store specials.
Tickets are $35 and can be purchased at Kahala Mall boutiques Adore, Calista, the Compleat Kitchen, In My Closet, Ohelo Road, SoHa Living and Therapy Boutique. Those who cannot attend but wish to offer support can send donations to the Elissa Josephsohn Spirit Fund, Kapiolani Health Foundation, 55 Merchant St., Suite 2600, Honolulu 96813.
Funds raised will go to the Spirit Fund, which helps educate women on combating ovarian cancer, and to provide massage, spa, entertainment and other quality-of-life services to Kapiolani Women’s Center patients undergoing cancer treatment.
"Eat Pray Love," starring Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem, was inspired by American writer Elizabeth Gilbert’s journey of self-discovery to Italy, India and Indonesia after suffering a midlife crisis at age 30. The film’s costume designer, Michael Dennison, came up with four looks representing Gilbert’s physical and psychological journey, starting with her at home in New York City, which Dennison described in press materials as having "the least amount of color in the film." He chose autumnal colors for Rome, with a more intense palette for India and Bali.